Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Mayo Clinic, celebrate transfer of ownership

Since the 1800’s, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have worked in the city that will forever be changed because of their hearts.

When La Crosse needed it most, they stepped in as nurses, lab technicians, volunteers and friends.

More than 200 years later, they’re still lending a helping hand.

“Taking the gifts of the past and and the strengths that we’ve had and encountering others in different areas,” said FSPA President Eileen McKenzie.

On Wednesday, FSPA officially transferred ownership of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare to Mayo Clinic.

They will receive $37 million in cash and real estate for the transfer.

As they will no longer oversee Mayo Clinic Health System, the changes will allow them to continue using their hearts, to bring change to La Crosse.

“We’re putting a lot of efforts towards those who don’t have access to housing, we’re working a lot with homelessness in the area, it also means working with modern slavery, we’re working with human trafficking, raising awareness about that,” McKenzie said.

Mayo’s Regional Chair of Administration Joe Kruse will be retiring in four days after 34 years.

He says though Mayo will no longer be a Catholic organization, having seen the impact of the sisters over the years, the end in sponsorship won’t change the mission.

“Mayo’s commitment is very strong, they will be making investments in the community and continue to provide great care.”

As for the sisters, some of their work is just beginning.

“And recognizing that smaller segments women who are on fire with mission, really can change the world.”

Along with the change with Mayo Clinic Health System, the partnership with Viterbo University will change.

The sisters will operate an organization called Viterbo Ministries, to continue their connections to their Franciscan history.

The change in oversight was approved in late October.

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